Fakenham off as cold weather bites

Prospects for Musselburgh appear bleak

  • Thursday 31 January
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Fakenham abandoned racing on Thursday as the cold snap continues to bite around the country.

An official announcement preceded the scheduled 7am inspection, with the Norfolk course frozen under a light dusting of snow.

Fakenham added on its Twitter account: “TODAY’S (31/1/19) RACE MEETING ABANDONED due to severe frost in the ground. Minimum temperature last night – 6.7 and max temperature today will be +3.”

A Wincanton inspection was due to take place at 8am to determine whether there will be any jumps action in Britain on Thursday – with all-weather cards at Southwell and Newcastle set to go ahead.

Prospects for Musselburgh’s Cheltenham Trials weekend card, meanwhile, appear bleak.

A scheduled Thursday lunchtime inspection for Saturday’s racing has already been announced.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham tweeted in advance: “It is a cold one -6.5 @MusselburghRace Inspection at noon today for Saturday looking very grim even with covers Sunday inspections info to follow but no real rise in temperatures until next week.”

Chepstow has also announced a Thursday inspection, at 2pm, for Friday’s scheduled card. The course is currently described as “frozen”.

In advance of a planned inspection at 8am on Thursday, Catterick announced its fixture on Friday has been abandoned after temperatures dropped to -7C overnight in North Yorkshire.

Fakenham off as cold weather bites
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